Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on same
sex marriage. The ruling though may have created more confusion than answers.
The Court essentially refused to hear cases where states that had struck
down their bans on the unions were being challenged. At first glance,
this would seem to give legitimacy to same sex unions, and thousands of
couples began applying for marriage licenses. Given this is the current
state of the law, it is critical to know some of the basics of same sex marriage.
There are now 33 states that recognize same sex marriages. New Jersey is
one of those states. But, because this area of law is relatively new,
there are many questions that remain. Among the frequently asked questions
about same sex marriage are some of the following:
● Will New Jersey recognize me out of state marriage? The answer is yes,
New Jersey does recognize same sex marriages entered into out of state.
● Does New Jersey still recognize civil unions? Yes, New Jersey still recognizes
civil unions, as well as same sex marriages.
Perhaps the most significant things to remember about same sex marriage
are that when the need for divorce arises the same laws apply. This means
dissolution of a same sex marriage is handled the same way as a traditional
marriage, with the Court deciding important issues. Matters of support
and child custody must be determined, as well as division of property.
Our trained staff stays on top of changes in the law and the latest trends
so we can offer our clients sound advice. If you have questions about
the status of same sex marriage, its validity, or how to dissolve a same
sex marriage, call us today.
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